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Last updated: 10 september, 2009 - 10:20 GMT

Obama's crucial healthcare speech

President Obama makes a speech on healthcare reform to Congress

President Obama has challenged his opponents in Congress to put aside partisan bickering and work with him to introduce a system of universal health care in the United States.

In a long-awaited speech to Congress, Mr Obama said America was the only rich country in the world where millions of people had no access to health care.

He said he wanted to introduce a government-run health insurance plan for those without cover and to provide more choice for those who already had it.

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Matt Mackowiak is a former Republican aide and the founder of the Republican political communications firm, the Potomac Strategy Group.

He believes President Obama's speech left several issues unresolved.

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Jennifer Palmieri is the senior vice-president for communications at the left-leaning Centre for American Progress.

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First broadcast 10 September 2009

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